How to Conquer Your Most Common Cloud Challenges


With no centralized management, there’s little to no visibility into resource allocation, performance and costs, with no good way to exert control. This poses challenges for both IT and LOB decision-makers — and makes it almost impossible to optimize cloud deployments. If you’ve been there and done that, you know how valuable it would be to have an overall solution to pull your clouds together under one management umbrella.

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Five Ways to Kick-Start your Digital Transformation TODAY


Global industries are transforming more rapidly than ever before. Sparked by the digital age, businesses can gain significant advantage by aligning now for new customer requirements and fast-moving market conditions.

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Is Your Aging Network Slowing Your Business Down?

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Is your WAN slipping out of your control and slowing down your business? It’s a serious question and many network professionals know what I’m talking about. It’s time for the network to keep up with the rest of IT.

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No Fear: Overcoming the Top 5 Roadblocks to Hybrid IT

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As young children, we’re taught “there’s nothing to fear but fear itself”. Whether it is monsters lurking under the bed or ghosts in the closet, everyone must deal with some form of adolescent jitters. And while adults may not be scared of things that go bump in the night, most still fear the unknown – especially in the new digital world.

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Back to the Beach? Don’t Lose Sight of the Infrastructure!


It’s summer – time to load up the car with swimsuits, chairs, and Frisbees and head back to the beach. But while you’re busy getting some much needed R&R, don’t forget the industry is still in the midst of an unprecedented digital transformation. Now more than ever, it’s critical to know who’s minding the business (and IT infrastructure) while you’re away.

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Is Your Stadium Smart Enough for Game Day?


On game day, the sweat should be pouring down the faces of the athletes on the field, not from the worried brows of the hospitality industry’s multi-tasking technical teams. Yet today’s fans are demanding ever more unique and immersive end-to-end experiences before, during and after events. Fans want Wi-Fi within stadium that’s separate from their cellular network. Managed smart devices now touch everything from HVAC and POS systems to smart helmets and sensors deployed on the playing field. Then there’s the IoT platform needed to gather data at the edge, securely transmit it from device to cloud and then provide actionable insights in near real-time. So where does that leave the technologists responsible for managing it all?

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Accelerate Analytics for Enterprise with Cisco FlexPod for SAP


We sat down with CenturyLink Senior Lead Project Manager, Craig Belics, leading up to last month’s Cisco Live event to discuss his views on how big data strategies are unleashing tremendous opportunities for enterprise customers and the role CenturyLink is playing in helping customers transform.

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The Four Types of Cybersecurity Adversaries and How to Defend Against Them


As CenturyLink’s Chief Security Officer, I am tasked with the challenge of overseeing the risk mitigation strategy to protect CenturyLink’s clients, employees and more than 600,000 miles of network. But when I speak of the current state of cybersecurity, I observe one main problem: the industry is largely based on solutions, not strategy. It’s imperative for security IT professionals to move from being technical, solution-based thinkers to threat-focused thinkers and essential to understand the adversaries you face—their motives and their modus operandi—in order to properly prepare a security strategy that can effectively reduce the risk of a major hack.

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